Liverpool are in talks with Real Madrid over signing Real Madrid attacking midfielder Esteban Granero.
Boss Kenny Dalglish has explored the prospect of taking Granero on loan until the end of the season as he look to add some cover for his depleted strikeforce.
Granero can play wide or as a second striker, and he has been on the Anfield radar for some time.
The 24-year-old, who has played for Spain up to Under-21 level but not for the senior side, has also been linked with Arsenal, but Dalglish is hoping to arrange a short-term loan.
Granero has struggled to make an impact at the Bernabeu this season, making just four appearances under coach Jose Mourinho.
The Spanish giants are hoping to sell him in what remains of the January window but so far there have been no takers, which has encouraged the Reds to believe they can thrash out an agreement.
Dalglish will have Luis Suarez back from his eight-match ban next week, but is still concerned about his resources at the sharp end.
Liverpool have managed just 25 league goals this season, making them one of the lowest scoring teams in the top flight.
The Reds boss has said there will be no spending in this transfer window, but concern at the lack of goals has prompted the club to turn to the loan market.
While Real are resistant to the idea of a temporary agreement, they may be persuaded if there is a prospect of a permanent deal at the end of it.
Dalglish has ruled out a move for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, and there is little Anfield interest in Juventus winger Milos Krasic, but after a recent depressing run of league results, the club recognises the need to bring in attacking cover.
The club has also been tracking Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, but are unlikely to make a move until the summer.
Source: Mirror Football